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Poster: retrowatcher Date: Mar 21, 2012 12:49pm
Forum: television Subject: Andy Griffith Episodes Question

Hi, Can anyone confirm if episodes "Barney's First Car", "Andy's English Valet" and "A Wife for Andy" are public domain? The information I have been reviewing in different places online shows it as PD. The online records for 1978 and onward show that their is a registration nunber. For example, it has V3557D996 as 2007 for Barney's First car.

If anyone can assist me with this I would appreciate it.

Thank you.

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Mar 22, 2012 3:30am
Forum: television Subject: Re: Andy Griffith Episodes Question

The registration I see for "Barney's First Car" doesn't seem like a legitimate copyright registration, though admittedly my knowledge on such things is limited.

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Poster: retrowatcher Date: Mar 22, 2012 9:58am
Forum: television Subject: Re: Andy Griffith Episodes Question

Thank you for your response. I'm wondering the best way to research. From what I am aware of I can search copyright office online records from 1978 till now. The older ones are only found either but having copyright office search or through an online site that I came across recently. I'm trying to verify copyright for several of the Andy Griffith episodes. I saw many of them listed on this PD archive but the copyright online records show them with a code by them of V ###### and a date. So not sure how to verify it myself. If a show is in public domain, then that means anyone can use it or even sell it so if this statement is true, then if someone decides to sell a PD show, that doesn't mean that they now own it, right? I ask because I see others have made new dvd's out of PD material. I hope others will chime in and I can learn from the forums more about copyright. There are so many wonderful shows on this website. I love the older shows. Many family shows and movies on this website!

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Poster: retrowatcher Date: Mar 22, 2012 10:44am
Forum: television Subject: Re: Andy Griffith Episodes Question

it seems that some of the documents with the V### say that they are a copyright security agreement. So apparently a company got a loan and used the shows a collateral. Must have been companies that made their own dvd's and not the original copyright to the episodes. That's my guess after researching further today. I saw this also on episodes of Lucy show.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Aug 28, 2012 11:11pm
Forum: television Subject: Re: Andy Griffith Episodes Question

http://archive.org/details/Andy_Griffith_Barneys_First_Car
http://archive.org/details/Andy_Griffith_Andys_English_Valet
http://archive.org/details/Andy_Griffith_A_Wife_For_Andy

A renewal number would begin with "R".

By the way way, when you search for a copyright renewal on a TV show you also have to search for the name of the series, not just the name of the episode. (It usually helps to select Sort / by date (ascending).)

The theme song can't be included in p.d. versions of this show because it's under copyright.